Driveshaft repair costs in the UK
Your driveshaft repair will depend on the make and model of the vehicle and how long it takes to carry out the work.
- A typical mid-price marque such as Ford, Fiat, Hyundai or Honda can cost anywhere from £250–£500 from an authorised dealer.
- If you drive a luxury model such as a Lexus, Alfa Romeo or Mercedes, then you can expect the prices to rise to anywhere up to £400–£900.
- At the higher end of the scale, for those of you lucky enough to be driving a Porsche, a Lotus or a Jaguar, you can expect to pay up to £1500–£2000 for the service.
Remember: Our Fixter garages consistently beat dealer prices by up to 30% — that’s a superb saving for our customers.
Let Fixter find you the best prices to repair your broken driveshaft
There are various means of your engine propelling your car, and depending on what type of vehicle it is, will dictate the kind of driveshaft is uses.
There are different systems for front-, rear- and four-wheel-drive systems.
The terminology you’re likely to hear from a mechanic could include everything from torque tubes, differentials and slip joints, to gaiters, couplings and yokes.
Needless to say, it can get pretty mind-bending if you’re not an expert and just want your car repaired with the minimum amount of fuss.
What does your driveshaft—or prop, propeller or cardan shaft— do?
Your driveshaft connects your gearbox to the differential gears that finally drive your wheels.
The differential splits the power equally between each of the wheels.
This essential component is responsible for getting the power your engine supplies to your transmission into your wheels, to finally get you moving.
Why you might need to replace your driveshaft
Your driveshaft isn’t really one of those components that is susceptible to general wear, but they can be damaged in use, usually by accident.
Driveshaft damage can happen because of something as simple as hitting a nasty bump in the road or a pothole; it can also occur during a collision with another vehicle.
You’d be surprised just what can cause accidental damage to the components in your driveshaft.
Hitting a curb at the wrong angle or slightly too hard is one of the most common reasons for this type of problem.
Once you start to hear those telltale knocking noises, it’s time to get things sorted.
A driveshaft malfunction can easily lead to further and much more costly damage to your vehicle.
Signs of a damaged driveshaft
- If your car vibrates while driving (you’ll feel this most through your grip on the steering wheel).
- If you hear any suspicious noises from underneath your car (specifically the back for rear-wheel drives).
- Thumping, thudding, clunking and squeaking sounds are all likely to occur when your driveshaft is bent or broken.
- If your car engine is running, but the vehicle fails to move at all.
- If you’re suffering a lack of power or intermittent power.
It pays to pay a professional
With a problem as serious as damage to your driveshaft, or any of its related components — incorrectly fitted or assembled joints, seals, bearings or bolts—can cause much more serious problems when used in day-to-day operation.
Because of this, we’d always recommend you get expert advice and have all work carried out by trained professionals.